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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hanukkah is a season of fun and presents for many of metro Detroit’s Jewish families, but over in the Middle East, it has recently become a sizzling topic among archaeologists who are trying to discover the holiday’s historical roots.

The timing of the Hanukkah season moves around the Western calendar from year to year because the eight-day festival’s beginning is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 6 and lasts until Dec. 14.

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Published November 18, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Michelle Weiss, marketing coordinator for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, said she’s noticed something surprising over the past few years. In her neck of the woods, there seems to be more excitement about the Saturday after Thanksgiving than Black Friday.

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Published November 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Each year around metro Detroit, a few businesses close in observance of Veterans Day. Some residents may head to a local parade or cemetery to pay their respects to the men and women who’ve served our country, and families will go and honor their fallen soldiers in a quiet cemetery.

But those in the United States military did not fight for our freedom one day a year — so why should they only be acknowledged when the calendar tells us to do so?

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s that time of year when we dig those cozy sweaters out from storage, crank the thermostat up and settle in for another bitter Michigan winter.

But for more than 12,000 people in the state, the effort to keep warm is so much more difficult. That’s because, according to the Community Housing Network, that’s how many people in Michigan are estimated to be without a place to call home.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — So many of us look forward to the day we retire — when the curtain closes on our working life and we can finally take a bow and enjoy time with family and friends, sans the responsibilities of the daily grind.

But now that seniors are living longer, stronger and more independently than ever, lots of retirees are opting to step back into the spotlight to take on what some experts call an “encore career.”

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Published October 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s no secret that black cats and broken mirrors are universally known as bad omens.


And while people the world over may fear those spooky symbols, here in metro Detroit, we have our own superstitions to run from.


The unfortunate thing is that not many people know the local legends and scary stories that were conjured up right in our own backyard, according to Izzy Donnelly, director of education at the Grosse Pointe Historical Society.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You and your dog probably had a lot of fun together this summer, right? Long walks as the sun went down, exciting trips to the park and maybe even a dip in a nearby lake.

But brace yourself: Winter is coming.

The options for keeping your pup occupied seem to drop right along with the temperatures, since dog parks and long jaunts around the neighborhood are more difficult in the cold. So what’s a pet parent to do?

Get creative, that’s what. 

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — We’ve all heard those too-good-to-be-true fitness tidbits, like how chewing gum burns 11 calories, and eating celery burns more calories than you take in. And those are the fun facts that make dieting seem oh-so-easy, right?


Well, as it turns out, they are too good to be true.


While many everyday activities do help contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle, it takes a little something extra to count as part of a workout routine, according to many trainers.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a time of escalating environmental consciousness, folks can rest easy knowing they can reduce their carbon footprint when choosing their final resting place.


Russ Burns, director of All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, explained that the prevalence of green funerals and burials has been gaining momentum in the United States in the last 10-15 years.


The concept, however, is certainly nothing new, he said.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Motivating students to do their homework isn’t always easy, but local educators say they know how to make the process less painful.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Now that class is back in session, there’s a good chance your student has already switched their mindset from back-to-school clothes to formal attire. That’s right — homecoming season is upon us once again.


While styles change from year to year, parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this season’s homecoming fashion trends seem to be heading toward a more modest kind of flair.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes, as summer slips into autumn, the transition in our cuisine is a little less gradual than the seasonal temperature change. We tend to go from sunny fruit smoothies to pumpkin spice lattes almost overnight.


It doesn’t have to be that way, though. According to some local chefs, there are different ways you can ease into cool-weather cuisine and make the loss of summer a little easier to swallow.

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Published September 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen-year-old Samantha Noles, of Northville, is no stranger to the ins and outs of the high school scene.


As a junior at Northville High School, she knows what administrators expect of her as a high-achieving student and athlete — and that includes what they expect her to wear down the hallways.

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Published August 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hiding beneath the excitement of shopping for clothes, towels and new bedding, students going off to college might also be feeling a bit of anxiety leaving home for the first time.


No doubt their parents are.

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Published August 19, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Are you the master of your domain? Can you see yourself in your silverware? How about the mirror, at least?

We asked some experts how often our environment should really be cleaned. Take a look to see if your home passes the test.

How often do you clean?

It’s not often that you can say quantity is better than quality. But that’s really the case when it comes to cleaning your home, experts claim.

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Published August 12, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking for a way to entertain the family during these last few days of summer vacation? We’ve got you covered.


Across metro Detroit, galleries and museums are hosting events and exhibitions to entertain and educate visitors of all ages.

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Published August 5, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.


Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published July 29, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it gets.


Many people are now realizing that the same thrill can be found without even leaving the couch. Thanks to secondary market websites like Craigslist and eBay, along with online resale groups on Facebook, the clearance rack is always open.

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Published July 22, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 15, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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